Rent Increases & Fees in Louisiana

Rent Increases & Fees in Louisiana

Last Updated: May 2, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

In Louisiana, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by LA Rev Stat § 9:3258. This state preempts rent control. The law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it with proper notice.

Quick Facts
Rent Control None
Minimum Notice for Rent Increases No Statute
Max. Late Fee No Statute
Max. Bounced Check Fee $25 or 5% of the check

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Louisiana?

In Louisiana, a landlord may not increase rent during a fixed-lease term, unless agreed upon in the lease agreement.

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When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Louisiana?

The state has no legislation regarding a landlord’s ability to raise rent in retaliation for a tenant exercising his/her tenant rights.

However, it is illegal for a landlord to raise rent based on the race, religion, gender, nation of origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.

Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Louisiana?

Louisiana provides no guidance on how much a landlord may increase a tenant’s rent.

How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Louisiana?

Louisiana does not require a prior notice for a rent increase. However, it is customary that at least a 10-Day Notice be provided before the next month’s rent is due.

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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Louisiana?

Louisiana provides no guidance on how often a landlord may seek to increase a tenant’s rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees in Louisiana

Although the state of Louisiana provides no guidance in the amount that a landlord may charge as a late fee, it is required that this information be outlined in the lease agreement.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Louisiana

A landlord may add a maximum of a $25 return fee or 5% of the amount of the check (whichever is greater) to outstanding rent for a returned check. (La. Rev. Stat. 9:2782(B))

Louisiana Cities With Rent Control

The state of Louisiana has no cities with legislation regarding rent control.